The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised its official cash rate (OCR) by 50 bps to a level not since March 2016 of 2.5% during the July meeting, the third half-point rate hike, in line with market consensus. The board warned that it will continue to tighten policy until it is sure monetary conditions are sufficient to cool inflation expectations and bring inflation within the target range of 1-3%. Wednesday's decision was the 6th straight rate hike, with the committee believing that both high food and energy costs and rising mortgage interest rates in New Zealand will lead to more subdued household discretionary spending in coming quarters. Also, a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and a rise in other seasonal illnesses continue to constrain productive capacity. Policymakers said they were aware that there was medium-term downside risks to economic activity, as the global economic outlook had continued to weaken amid ongoing supply issues, geopolitical tensions, and health curbs in China. source: Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Interest Rate in New Zealand averaged 6.81 percent from 1985 until 2022, reaching an all time high of 67.32 percent in March of 1985 and a record low of 0.25 percent in March of 2020. This page provides - New Zealand Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. New Zealand Interest Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on August of 2022.

Interest Rate in New Zealand is expected to be 3.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the New Zealand Interest Rate is projected to trend around 3.50 percent in 2023 and 3.00 percent in 2024, according to our econometric models.

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Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2022-04-13 02:00 AM RBNZ Interest Rate Decision 1.5% 1% 1.25% 1.25%
2022-05-25 02:00 AM RBNZ Interest Rate Decision 2.0% 1.5% 2% 2%
2022-07-13 02:00 AM RBNZ Interest Rate Decision 2.5% 2.0% 2.5% 2.5%
2022-08-17 02:00 AM RBNZ Interest Rate Decision 2.5% 3% 3%
2022-08-17 03:00 AM RBNZ Press Conference
2022-10-05 01:00 AM RBNZ Interest Rate Decision


Related Last Previous Unit Reference
Interest Rate 2.50 2.00 percent Jul 2022
Money Supply M0 8895.00 8978.00 NZD Million Jul 2022
Money Supply M1 136489.00 138682.00 NZD Million Jun 2022
Interbank Rate 1.53 1.25 percent Sep 2019
Money Supply M2 150882.00 153357.00 NZD Million Jan 2017
Money Supply M3 389035.00 389603.00 NZD Million Jun 2022
Foreign Exchange Reserves 21161.00 20004.00 NZD Million Jul 2022
Banks Balance Sheet 682507.00 673302.00 NZD Million Jun 2022
Deposit Interest Rate 2.61 2.61 percent Aug 2022
Central Bank Balance Sheet 95283.00 93912.00 NZD Million Jul 2022
Loans To Private Sector 117121.00 116660.00 NZD Million May 2021

New Zealand Interest Rate
In New Zealand, interest rates decisions are taken by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. The official interest rate is the Official Cash Rate (OCR). The OCR was introduced in March 1999 and is reviewed eight times a year by the Bank. The OCR influences the price of borrowing money in New Zealand and provides the Reserve Bank with a means of influencing the level of economic activity and inflation.
Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
2.50 2.00 67.32 0.25 1985 - 2022 percent Daily

News Stream
RBNZ Hikes Rate by Another 50Bps, Flags More Tightening
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised its official cash rate (OCR) by 50 bps to a level not since March 2016 of 2.5% during the July meeting, the third half-point rate hike, in line with market consensus. The board warned that it will continue to tighten policy until it is sure monetary conditions are sufficient to cool inflation expectations and bring inflation within the target range of 1-3%. Wednesday's decision was the 6th straight rate hike, with the committee believing that both high food and energy costs and rising mortgage interest rates in New Zealand will lead to more subdued household discretionary spending in coming quarters. Also, a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and a rise in other seasonal illnesses continue to constrain productive capacity. Policymakers said they were aware that there was medium-term downside risks to economic activity, as the global economic outlook had continued to weaken amid ongoing supply issues, geopolitical tensions, and health curbs in China.
2022-07-13
New Zealand Raises Cash Rate Again, Hints More Hikes
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised its official cash rate (OCR) by 50 bps to 2% during the May meeting, the 5th straight rate hike, matching market consensus. The board also signaled the OCR would peak at a higher level than previously forecast amid surging prices, adding that a larger and earlier rise reduces the risk of inflation becoming persistent, while also providing more flexibility ahead in light of the highly uncertain global economic environment. Policymakers viewed that domestic economy remains strong, on the back of a solid labor market, sound household balance sheets, continued fiscal support, and easing of COVID-19 curbs. That said, they warned that headwinds are strong, amid global uncertainty due to multiple headwinds. Once aggregate supply and demand are more in balance, the OCR can then return to a lower, more neutral, level. On home prices, they have declined, reflecting in part higher mortgage interest rates and increased supply of housing.
2022-05-25
New Zealand Hikes Cash Rate by 50 Bps to 1.5%
The Reserve Bank of New Zealand raised its official cash rate (OCR) by 50 bps to 1.5% during the April meeting, compared with expectations of a 25 bps increase. This was the fourth straight rate hike, amid persistently high inflation. The board mentioned that annual CPI is expected to peak around 7% in H1 2022 and the ‘path of least regret’ is to increase the OCR by more now, rather than later, to head off rising inflation expectations. Policymakers added they will remain focused on ensuring that high consumer prices does not become embedded into longer-term expectations. Globally, economic activity continues to generate inflation pressures, amid ongoing supply issues driven by COVID-19. The Russian invasion of Ukraine has added to these challenges, causing prices of commodities and energy to spike. The board noted that the OCR is stimulatory at its current level. On home prices, they have fallen from their recent high and move towards a more sustainable level.
2022-04-13